Child Writers Receive Awards
By Sandra Ríos
As an initiative of Alejandro Contreras, State Coordinator of Public Libraries, and the Instituto Estatal de Cultura (State Institute of Culture), the first Contest for Child Writers of the State of Guanajuato took place in three categories: 8-9 years, 10-11 years, and 12-14 years old. Through 25 local libraries, 400 children in the state participated. The librarians in each library were trained to guide children on how to write a story. The children’s training lasted approximately two months.
The winners of the first place in each category won a trip to Mexico City and visited the Biblioteca Vasconcelos, guided by author Manuel Hinojosa. They were also taken to the Castillo de Chapultepec. The State Institute of Culture awarded them with packages of books, and some of them received cash prizes. Educafin (state institution which provides scholarships) gave them scholarships.
The second place winners were 37 children who were invited to San Miguel de Allende to visit the Biblioteca Pública and attend a conference by the writer María García Esperón at the Teatro Santa Ana. They also received small packages of books, a scholarship from Educafin, and money from their municipality.
Third place winners won packages of books, money, and a scholarship from Educafin.
Atención interviewed some of the second place winners:
Brenda Estefanía Zaragoza Meza, age 14, of Santa Ana Pacueco, Guanajuato, won with her horror story Siete noches con Lily. “Since I was very small I liked to write stories and songs. Now that the opportunity was presented, thanks to my Spanish teacher, I signed up for this contest, and I’m very happy to have won the second place.”
Juan Daniel Alonso Figueroa, 8 years old, from Pénjamo, Guanajuato, competed with his story El Gallo Responsable. “I entered the contest by writing a story in school. Now that I won, I will keep writing.”